Cyclovia launches Kickstarter campaign.

 CycloviaTucson launched a Kickstarter campaign to engage the public in fundraising for Cyclovia’s planned expansion to two events, April 7th and 28th, 2013.

 Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects and helps meet financial goals by asking supporters of the project to become “Backers”. Cyclovia Tucson created a video and designed a set of rewards to offer each “Backer”. Rewards range from a “Civic-Minded High Five” to t-shirts, totes, water bottles, even an opportunity for names of “Backers” to be written in sidewalk chalk at a designated location along each of the Cyclovia routes in April. Cyclovia Tucson has set a goal of $8,000 to be raised by March 20th, 2013. This money will be used to cover expenses like barricades, police officers, and insurance for the two events.
Mark your calendars and be sure to join Cyclovia Tucson for two events, April 7th and 28th.
On April 7th Cyclovia Tucson will once again connect downtown to South Tucson, inviting residents and visitors alike to experience Tucson’s cultural and culinary riches located in some of the region’s oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods.  The downtown route features six main “activity hubs”, each highlighting a great park, school, business corridor, or cultural resource: Armory Park/Tucson Children’s Museum; Santa Rita Park; South 4th Avenue “Restaurant Row”; Arizona Children’s Association/Mission View Elementary; Santa Rosa Park; and Ochoa Elementary.  Each activity hub will feature numerous attractions for participants including food vendors, entertainment, music, interactive games and demonstrations, and more.
Then on April 28th, for the first time ever, the brand new linear route will connect neighborhoods and business districts including Keeling, Hedrick Acres, Samos, the Campbell Avenue Business District, La Madera, Cabrini and more before delivering participants to the Pima County Loop multi-use path at Dodge Boulevard and Brandi Fenton Park. This new route will feature a wide variety of planned and spontaneous activities for people of all interests and ages including dodgeball games on Dodge Boulevard, sweet treat food trucks on Treat Avenue, an interactive “Art Walk” featuring local artists and solar powered soundscapes provided by local DJ’s Herm, Alias and Matt McCoy.
With a rained out event in 2012 and increasing public demand for car-free opportunities to explore the city, Cyclovia Tucson expects to attract nearly 20,000 participants per event, doubling its attendance from 10,000 in the spring of 2011. 
Support for Cyclovia Tucson
Cyclovia Tucson is made possible through the generosity of its supporting partners, including the City of Tucson, South Tucson, Pima Association of Governments, and Pima County and over 50 community groups from throughout the region.
United Healthcare, Cigna, Bookman’s Tucson, University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson Medical Center, Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA), and Ordinary Bike Shop also provide generous support for Cyclovia Tucson.
About Cyclovia Tucson
Cyclovia Tucson is Tucson’s adaptation of an event that began in Bogota, Colombia 35 years ago where every Sunday 80 miles of streets are closed to traffic and opened to people to encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce traffic pollution. These “open streets” events have gained traction all over the world, including many cities throughout the U.S. such as Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and New York.  Open streets events are a great way to encourage people to adopt healthier, “active” transportation habits. 
Cyclovia Tucson is a project of Living StreetsAlliance, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play. Living Streets Alliance is improving access to alternative modes of transportation in the region through outreach, education, advocacy and research.